Appellate Division to Move to Essex County
By Mike Mathis
The chambers of several appellate division judges will relocate to Newark under a partnership between the Judiciary and Essex County.
The chambers will occupy four floors in the Essex County LeRoy F. Smith Public Safety Building at the Essex County Hall of Records Complex.
The judges, whose chambers are moving from Hackensack and Springfield, will utilize a courtroom in the Essex County Veterans Courthouse when court is in session.
This is the first time since 1984 that the appellate division will have a physical presence in Essex County.
"The state's appellate division has a long and rich history in Newark, and with today's announcement we are pleased to return,’ Chief Justice Stuart Rabner said when the move was made known last month. “We also are grateful that Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo has made it a priority to improve the courthouse complex.
“The impressive quality of recent renovations and changes speaks for itself,” he said. “We look forward to occupying enhanced, beautiful new space that will provide a cost savings to the Judiciary.”
The consolidation of offices into the county-owned LeRoy Smith Building is projected to generate $791,268 in revenue from rents the county will charge and save $783,366 in rental/leasing costs.
Essex County will receive $521,268 in annual revenue from the state to rent the office space. This will create a combined $1.6 million in savings and recurring revenue for Essex County.
Essex County has made numerous improvements to the government complex, including upgrading offices and juror assembly areas, constructing a new public entranceway and parking garage and redeveloping plazas and open spaces, DiVincenzo said.
This is going to be wonderful for our judicial system, especially for our litigants who will have greater access to the appellate division," said Essex Vicinage Assignment Judge Patricia Costello. "The improvements have been tremendous and something fabulous is always being done.”